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Big Riff And Mando Lyrics

from Rock Island

"Big Riff And Mando" is track #10 on the album Rock Island. It was written by Ian Anderson.
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Marty loved the sound of the stolen mandolin
Somebody took it on a dare in the nighttime
Run up to the radio, calling out to the wind
Now, bring it, bring it back at least an hour before flight time

It was a souvenir, but it was a right arm missing
Swap a woodwork rhythm for a humbucking top line

Big Riff, rough boy, wants to be a singer in a band
A little slow in the brain box, but he had a quick right hand
Run left, run right everywhere he look
nobody watching, no, but that was all he took last night

Running on the power of a stolen mandolin
Steal a little inspiration, steal a little muscle
Will he wake in the morning, wondering was it really worth it?
So make a little deal, yeah, make a little hustle

Ringing on the radio got a proposition for those English boys
I'll make the singsong you can make the background noise
One, two, three, four one bar and in
Give you back the mando, if you'll let this singer sing tonight, tonight

Running on the power of a stolen mandolin
Steal a little inspiration, steal a little muscle
Will he wake in the morning, wondering was it really worth it?
So come on make a little deal, yeah, make a little hustle

Marty loved the sound of the stolen mandolin
Big Riff took it on a dare in the nighttime
Now it's four o'clock, and we're waiting at the sound check
Looking for a face staring in from the sunshine

We got two strong lawmen from the sheriff's office
They're going to lift Big Riff before he plays the first line

Big Riff, rough boy, wants to be a singer in a band
Yeah, help him on the stage now, put that microphone in his hand
Think hard, think right nothing in his mind
So Riff did a runner, but he left the mandolin behind, behind

Marty loved the sound of the stolen mandolin
Running on the power of a stolen mandolin
Steal a little inspiration, steal a little muscle
So make a little deal, yeah, make a little hustle

Songwriters
IAN ANDERSON

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